What are we all about?

We stand for creating enduring relationships through trust, guidance and guardianship. Strong bonds are made, not born.

We aim to teach dogs and cats in a way that is not only humane, but also results in animals that are good citizens and reliable family members. We live in a society where dogs are valued as a member of the family rather than a backyard ornaments and our training is angled at creating dogs that are a pleasure to live with.

Behavioural problems are a leading cause of fatalities in young adult and adolescent dogs.  We are here to here to provide help for dogs and their owners to keep families together.

Our lead trainer Steph is a Delta Society accredited dog trainer and a Veterinary Technician. Most importantly, she lives and works with animals and understands what is involved in day to day life with them. She regularly fosters dogs and cats and assists several local rescue organisations with the training and care of their foster animals.

Image below: Steph and Teddy practicing a stay in a local park

Steph and Teddy in the park

Image below: Steph’s dog Buddy the Labrador’s first night home

Steph and Buddy

Image below: Georgia and Steph practicing recall with Charlie in a local park

Georgia, Charlie and Steph

About positive reinforcement training

Positive reinforcement training is a term that refers to animal training that specifically excludes the use of any harmful, painful or fear inducing techniques. An effective trainer who employs positive reinforcement training must have a broad and varied toolbox of techniques that they use to effectively teach a dog and their family. Positive reinforcement trainers use a dogs natural drives, rewards and management strategies to achieve a successful outcome.

Punishment based dog training or training that involves any use of punishment has been proven to significantly increase the risk of aggression and the risk of the behaviour relapsing in the medium to long term. Some situations may appear to have resolved when punitive training is used, however these are often a ‘quick fix’ and don’t lead to long term results. Not only is positive reinforcement training recommended by the world’s leading veterinary bodies (such as the Australian Veterinary Association and the American Veterinary Association), it is humane and provides routines, structure and strategies that all family members can implement.

We adhere to the Delta Institute Code of Ethics for dog trainers which hold us to the highest standard for dog trainers for both business practices and training practices.